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Canon XF Series HD Camcorders
Canon XF305, XF205 and XF105 (with SDI), Canon XF300, XF200 and XF100 (without SDI).


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Old June 12th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting an XF series camera. Most of the work that I currently do is as a travelling ENG shooter for the Cleveland Indians. That being said, being able to hook the camera up to a production truck with a coax is a necessity. Is it possible to get clean video out of the HD-SDI output or will it have characters and such on it? Does it send out full 1080 video or does it downgrade to 720? Also, I would need to be able to hook up an on camera light and also a wireless receiver at the same time. Is it possible to do this without using any kind of a rail system? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old June 12th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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Re: Output Question

Lemme whip out my trusty manual...

If you want HD-SDI, you'll need the XF305. The XF300 doesn't have HD-SDI. The manual lists the output as SMPTE 292M, Video(1080i/720P) embedded audio, timecode (VITC/LTC)

The onscreen displays to the HD-SDI are switchable, On or Off.

The camera has a standard accessory shoe listed specifically as suitable for on-camera lights, plus a 1/4-20 threaded hole in the top handle for mounting "other" accessories. It doesn't look like it would be too difficult to mount a wireless receiver using the threaded hole and a light using the accessory shoe at the same time.

That said, you might consider getting a shoulder mount. While it's possible to hand-hold the camera without one, it gets sorta heavy in the long run, as it's a "shorty" with no rear shoulder pad and you end up carrying the entire weight on your arms. Add some lights and a receiver, and you might not need a gym membership if you shoot lots of footage.

The owner's manual is available for download from Canon. It covers just about anything you want to ask.

Hope that helps.

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Old June 13th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: Output Question

Here's a question. I also have a Rebel T3i. If I shoot video on that, do you think I could play it back with an XF? The easiest solution would be if there was a card reader that had a coax out on it but I have yet to find one.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 05:52 AM   #4
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Not sure what you mean by "play it back on a T3I."

If you mean swapping the card into an XF300, pretty much forget it. The T3I records in H.264 format, not the native XF format.

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